There is no love lost in the NFC North, especially between its two top teams, the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. The border battle and rivalry between these two franchises is well documented, and the rivalry has even seen players switch sides, with Brett Favre being the most notable.
Gaining talent and intel from the other side is always useful in any team rivalry. Next offseason, the Packers could do just that, by grabbing a free agent from the Vikings. They should look to steal linebacker Eric Wilson from Minnesota.
Wilson surprisingly rose up the Minnesota depth chart last season. After going undrafted, Wilson continued to improve. So much so that he played 34 percent of the team snaps last season, totaling three sacks and 62 tackles from his six starts.
While he is expected to start for the Vikings this season, Wilson looks like a high-potential player that is still trying to get comfortable in the NFL. He can be molded to fit any defense, and the Packers could steal him from Minnesota and adapt him to their defense.
Green Bay has a strong rotation of outside linebacker talent, but the team's interior linebacking corps is among the worst in the NFL. Wilson's skills could quite easily be applicable to a shift inside, with how Green Bay's defense is set up. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine also likes being creative with his linebackers, so there would surely be packages where Wilson can get shifted outside or on the edge.
While signing Wilson would not likely be the big free agency splash to dominate headlines, it would be stealing a young, quality player away from their rivals, adding him to a front seven that could use his help stopping the run.
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